Hospice of Wake County Announces Big Bad Ball Co-Chairs and Planning Committee

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  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) May 08, 2012 - The Big Bad Ball, a black-tie fundraiser for the Hospice of Wake County presented by the Capital City Club's Young Executives, announces its 2012 committee chairs and planning members. The eleventh annual gala is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, at 7 PM in the Capital City Club in downtown Raleigh. Guests enjoy music, dancing, open bars, a wide selection of hors d'oeuvres and a late-night breakfast. More than 300 guests attended the 2011 event, raising over $100,000.

    "We at Hospice of Wake County are most appreciative of all the volunteers who have been involved with the event over the years and to all who have attended previous balls," said Michael Blanchard, Vice President of Development for Hospice of Wake County. "Their efforts and support have helped make hospice care possible for hundreds of patients who otherwise might have been denied much needed services at the end of life."

    Blanchard noted the appreciation comes not only from the staff of hospice but also from the family members of patients. A daughter of one hospice patient wrote, "Hospice was a marvelous experience. Once we discovered all that you do for the patient and family, it made the final days of Mother's life remarkably better. You took so much of the stress off of us and her ending was the way she had wished it would be… at home. You alleviated our grief by helping us to keep her at home and I credit hospice with the peace we feel today." This is just one of the many stories made possible from proceeds generated from this annual event.

    Co-chairs for the 2012 Big Bad Ball are Brad Barbour, TRC Staffing Services, and Courtney Harris, Office Suites PLUS.

    Committee Chairs Include:
    • Meredith Barbour, BB&T, Silent Auction Co-Chair
    • Carrie Cline, Ward & Smith, PA, Silent Auction Co-Chair
    • Ryan Donnelly, EBNER Financial, Sponsorship Chair
    • Martin Brossman, Martin Brossman and Associates, Social Media Manager
    • Whitney Hill, Carolina Web Consultants, Website Development and Hosting
    • Media Partners, Inc., Marketing, Media and Public Relations

    Media Partners, Inc. (MPI), under the leadership of partners Sal Conino and Nancy Bono, is providing public relations and marketing support for the third consecutive year. Senior Art Director Shay Foley, MPI Designer Ashley Dodd and Public Relations Administrator Rachel Gaffney will build awareness for the Big Bad Ball, designing the event theme, tagline and all print materials.

    The General Planning Committee representatives for the Capital City Club are Karl R. Swink and John Walls. Hospice of Wake County Foundation employees/representatives are Mike Blanchard, Kelly Hughes and Alda Biddell. Claire Brown, Laura Pittman, Carlos Colmenero, Kate Maloney and Joey White all associated with Fink's Jewelers, are constituents of the general planning committee. Additional general planning committee members include:
    • Shelley Baker, Coffee Girl
    • Jessica Bechtold, Cherry Bekaert & Holland
    • Justin Burleson, Fonville Morisey
    • James Carroll, Wells Fargo Advisors
    • Chandi Challa, HCL Technologies
    • Jim Dziedzina, Myers and Stauffer LC
    • Erica Ferranti, Armor Trust Attorneys
    • Cliff Hamilton, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
    • Brian LiVecchi, Smith Debnam Attorneys At Law
    • Lauren LiVecchi, Wake Med
    • Adria McGlamery, McDonald York
    • Adam Moore, Moore Smiles
    • Ray Petrino, Hemera Financial Solutions
    • Polly Petrino, Cornerstone Therapeutics
    • Nam Pham, Go Realty
    • Veronica Wilson, Davis Plastic Surgery

    About the Big Bad Ball
    Presented by The Capital City Club's Young Executives, the Big Bad Ball is an annual black tie gala benefitting Hospice of Wake County. The event raises funds to support Hospice of Wake County's Benevolent Care Program and Horizons Grief Center, providing necessary end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and their families. To learn more about the Big Bad Ball, please visit http://www.bigbadball.com or call Hospice of Wake County at 919-828-0890.

    About Hospice of Wake County
    Your community hospice since 1979, Hospice of Wake County provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to those living with advanced illness, their caregivers and those who have lost a loved one, regardless of age, race, religion, of financial circumstances. Service areas include Wake, Durham, Johnston, Franklin, Harnett, Lee, and Sampson counties. Guided by community-based boards of directors and trustees, and supported by a dedicated professional staff, Hospice of Wake County provides compassionate hospice care allowing patients to enjoy their lives to the fullest. For more information, call 919-828-0890 or visit www.hospiceofwake.org .

    About Media Partners, Inc. (MPI)
    Founded in 2000, Media Partners, Inc. is a media marketing agency offering inspired strategies, results-based creative work and smart media solutions. Located in Raleigh, NC, MPI exhibits strong core capabilities in healthcare, education, retail and media - specifically offering marketing support to a number of broadcast outlets in North Carolina and Virginia. MPI blends the best of boutique and full-service agencies by offering clients a partnership of creative design and integrated thinking. For more about MPI and mindfulmediamarketing, visit www.mediapartners-inc.com or call 919-781-0433.

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